Bryce Dallas Howard Wouldn't Do The Help Today: 'Make Room for the True Authentic Storytellers'

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In The Help — which is based on the bestselling 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett and directed by Tate Taylor — a white Mississippi woman (Emma Stone) interviews black women about their time serving white families as maids. The film also starred Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek and Cicely Tyson.

Viola Davis, who was nominated for Best Actress for playing Aibileen, spoke out in 2018 about her regrets in making the movie, telling The New York Times that she "just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard."

In her new interview, Howard said Hollywood should look to black storytellers for new perspectives.

"Right now, in this time, stories are going to play a crucial role in our ability to empathize and to be inspired into action," she said. "And the storytellers who we must listen to right now and look to and learn from — there’s an extraordinary body of work that centers on black characters from black creators.

With her Instagram post, Howard made several recommendations for movies and TV shows fans could check out to extend their knowledge of the black experience. ⁣"Stories are a gateway to radical empathy and the greatest ones are catalysts for action," wrote Howard.

Among the shows and movies she recommended are Ava Duvernay's 13th, Selma and When They See Us. She also identified HBO's Watchmen series, Just MercyI Am Not Your NegroEyes on the PrizeMalcolm X and Say Her Name.

Dads is available to stream on Friday, June 19, on Apple TV+.

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